If you need to escape the stress of life and enter another land of relaxation and meditation, you should book a yoga retreat. Some worry about the cost of retreats but not all yoga retreats are stressful on your bank account. Here are five amazing, affordable yoga retreats around the world:
1. Island Yoga, Thailand
This program takes place in the beautiful beaches of Koh Yao in Thailand. During the retreat there is a morning meditation, then an energizing asana yoga practice, breakfast, and at mid-day you have free time to rest, explore, climb, kayak, do massages or workshops. In the evenings you relax through meditation and asana yoga. The Yoga Mini Vacation is 4 days/3 nights and is only $148-$355.
2. Yoga and Dance at Finca Argayall, La Gomera, The Canary Islands
This is a seven night yoga retreat where Sue Pendlebury teaches yoga, dance, voice meditation and pranayama to free your body, open your heart and find your inner dance of joy. Finca Argayall is a magical venue set on the gorgeous island of La Gomera, nestled in the cliffs in a secluded bay. The schedule includes morning meditation, two asana classes each day, free time, and creative workshops. The price ranges from $880-$1212.
3. Yoga at Masseria della Zingara, Puglia, Italy
This yoga retreat takes place by the beautiful Italian sea. Masseria della Zingara is set in over 20 acres of olive trees, figs, cherries and almonds and is located near Polignano a Mare, the ice cream capital of Italy. The yoga classes focus on movement, breath, relaxation and meditation. The week long retreat starts at $646.64 to $1,333. The price includes accommodations, three meals a day, and morning and evening yoga classes.
4. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Quebec, Canada
This Yoga Camp is one of the nine ashrams in the world. Guest staying here must partake in the daily schedule of meditation, two yoga classes, brunch, lecture or free time, and dinner. It is located in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. In the summer, guests do yoga on an outdoor deck and swim in the in-ground pool. In the winter they go skiing and snowshoeing. A special weekend getaway from Friday to Sunday ranges from $130-$150.
5. A week of Yoga in Dahab, The Sinai, Egypt
The Coral Coast is a beautiful, cozy hotel set on the Red Sea and offers standard and superior rooms. The daily schedule is morning meditation and pranayama, a morning yoga class, vegetarian brunch, free time to explore the area, and evening yoga. There is also an option to spend a night in the desert and eat food cooked by the Bedouin, ride camels and sleep under the stars. The price for the week is $500-$751.
Take a trip that will benefit your mind, body and soul, and not break your bank account. Book your yoga holiday today and start to see life with new, refreshed eyes.
Photo by Fabrice Florin